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Food and Drug Administration to cut trans fats

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Eau Claire (WQOW)- The Food and Drug Administration is taking a major step, announcing that it will require the food industry to phase trans fats out of their products.

Commonly found in processed foods, the FDA says that trans fats are a threat to people's health and that the move to phase them out could prevent as many as 20,000 heart attacks a year, and 7,000 deaths.

"The thing about trans fat is it's similar to saturated fat in that it can raise our LDL and lower the HDL which is kind of the opposite of what you want to have happen and there are no health benefits to it," adds public health nutritionist Beth Draeger.  "And if we can eliminate some of these things that are known to cause health issues with us that's definitely a step in the right direction"

The FDA has not yet set a timeline for the phase-out, but will collect comments for a couple of months before making a decision.

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